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Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)
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I have a photo of the Upper Remove from the first year of Westridge.George Marley form master. Though not a computer person I have no idea how to upload it.

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11 hours ago, norman said:

I have a photo of the Upper Remove from the first year of Westridge.George Marley form master. Though not a computer person I have no idea how to upload it.

Norman I can only see a few possibilities :- 1) ask a young relative to do it for you 2) leave it at the bedlington.co.uk office on Front Street East  (is it still open?) and last resort 3) arrange a time to be in the Red Lion where some members gather to discuss the more serious issues of Bedlington life. 4) leave with the Red Lion bar staff whom will no doubt be able to pass it on to one of the dedicated members of bedlington.co.uk that hold extensive sessions and meetings, next to a window seat, sorting out their taste buds.

Should you accept this challenge norman the Gallery will be grateful and will endeavour to help identify all those in the photo. :beer:  

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Just now, Eggy1948 said:

Norman I can only see a few possibilities :- 1) ask a young relative to do it for you 2) leave it at the bedlington.co.uk office on Front Street East  (is it still open?) and last resort 3) arrange a time to be in the Red Lion where some members gather to discuss the more serious issues of Bedlington life. 4) leave with the Red Lion bar staff whom will no doubt be able to pass it on to one of the dedicated members of bedlington.co.uk that hold extensive sessions and meetings, next to a window seat, sorting out their taste buds.

Should you accept this challenge norman the Gallery will be grateful and will endeavour to help identify all those in the photo. :beer:  

I should add that the Red Lion options are only 'guess work' by me and could be totally unfounded. 

 

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Hi  Norman,that wud be a gud'n ti see!

I didn't go inti  thi Remove in the first year,but it wasn't lang after that when a did.[canna mind the exact time,but it was in the middle of a term,,cos a volunteered ti gaan in,and Mr Freeman,took me around all the other classes ,and Mr Hemming's office,ti see if the general opinion was that I was competent enough as a candidate!]

Worst thing that I ever did....I was bogged doon wi homework every night,absoloutely terrified of logarithms.....coudn't see the point.....duz anybody on here knaa anybody who ever used Logs,and Antilogs,in their careers?![my Nephew started from school at the bank,and ended up as head of Personell for the whole of the area between Berwick,and Leeds.....thi only logs he used was on he's fire!!].....

Anywheh! Dae ya best Norman,try and get it posted for wi aal!

Cheers,Marra!

 

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Heh heh !

Hi Orloff!Gud Aad - School craftsman! Whey that's wat aa like ti heor,a divvent mind being wrang sumtimes when a cum across a craftsman like yase'll'!

Thi next line gaans summik like.......

"...O.k.   wat did thi Romans dae for us......."!......[poor joke!]

Ye must get me point on average though,Orloff,when a was young,and United double-decker buses went by, full ti standing only,and "duplicates" were put on to cope with the masses,tha wudn't be many folk carrying their log tables yem in tha bait-bags...wud tha?!!

Yor trade was a specialised one,and in the last 30 years,aav worked with toolmakers,and aal the other engineering trades,both in heavy engineering,at the Blyth

Shipyard buildings,[now the turbine blade test facility],and in the furniture trade,where tools had to be made for CNC machines,but still never saw any such thing

as Logs,maybe cos the guys upstairs did the Blueprints....there's a thing noo,wat's fascinated me for years....why "Blueprints"?...a aalwis admired anybody who cud read and work ti them!!....why not simple black and white documents?

Aav seen complete blueprints of the last two Warships to be built on the Tyne,deck-plans,the lot,and it just gob-smacked me,hoo Man cud create something so awesome,from a set of drawings like them!!

A bit different from blasting oot the strata and shoving girders in ti create a tunnel!!

Wud luv ti meet yi for a natter aboot aal things technical,Orloff!!

Thanks for ya interesting comments!

 

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HPW, Vic was right about blueprints, it was the way/method of printing them with wet chemicals, hence the reaction that Vic suffered. Don't ask me what the chemicals were, but I think there was ammonia in there somewhere due to the smell. "Drawings" are still to this day occasionally referred to as blueprints, but they are now mainly laser printed.

Don't berate yourself, HPW, the job you did was very highly skilled, just in a different way. If you made a mistake someone could get badly hurt or worse! A lot of my family on my mums side were miners, so I am aware and in awe at what you guys did. I look forward to your memories on here, it brings me down to earth, and it makes me laugh at the antics you got up to. Especially that bit about buses and bait bags, that did tickle me.

I would like to meet up with you for a natter when I am up Bedders way next. Might be this summer, I will message you if I decide to come up. 

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Blueprints were created by using a dyeline machine.  The original drawing was done with black ink on a thick tracing paper and then fed into the rollers on the machine.  The machine contained a large roll of light sensitive paper which was exposed to the original drawing (hence the transparent tracing paper); the image was then fixed with an ammonia based fluid. You could produce loads of copies from the original ... the copies were usually blue in colour due to the process, hence, blueprints.  Dyeline machines came in different sizes and were quite common until the rise of computers and pen plotters and more recently wide-format inkjet printers.   They were a pain to use because you had to wash the machine clean at the end of each session.

The are a few print shops who still have 'legacy' dyeline equipment for odd jobs when required.

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Whey ye bugga! That's aal fascinating stuff ti me!

A had a marra doon the pit in 1965-6 ish,he was transferred ti Bedlington A pit,from Bomasund pit,at the same time as a was transferred from Choppington high pit,ti Bedltn aad pit,and we ended up as close marra's for years after.

We both played guitar,so knocked aroond oot thi pit as weel as in the pit.

Noo!,one day a went aroond ti his hoose for the first time,and a was gob-smacked at the model pit tubs and rails,Coal-shearers,haulers,gearboxes etc,steam engines...that he had made ,both from imagination,and blueprints.[at a later date,as his hobby progressed]

This was a 21 year old lad who had been daeing this for years,wi nae formal training whatsoever,purely from interest.

He started off by making model tubs,cut from thin sheet steel,obtained from the tins what the conveyor belt comb fasteners came in,and which were just thrown

away doon the pit ti rust.

He took some tins oot thi pit, ti mek the models,and one day a sour-faced Overman,who was badly liked by the whole pit workforce,saw him,asked what he was taking the tins for,and when he said he made models from the flattened out tins,the overman took the tins from him and using a pick,proceeded to smash the tins to bits putting loads of holes through them for pure childish spite..[this was when my marra was still at the Bomar pit.]

He warned my marra that if he took any more tins oot thi pit he wud be fined and sacked for stealing NCB property.

Sorry but I seemed to have drifted off-topic...as usual!

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Thanks @Carol Sneddon - I've added the 'c1964' into a comment in the Album we have for Westridge.

This is a link to the Album that is held in the Gallery -> Historic Bedlington ->  Westridge School - End of term class photos

 

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17 minutes ago, Rigger said:

1956 Westridge class photo.  No 7 is Alan Johnstone he lived at East Riggs Bedlington.

I see I had forgotten to add that one to Westridge School - End of term class photos album in the Gallery:o.

I have updated No 7, from Johnson to Johnstone, and I will post it in the Gallery album.

Will it be 1957 @Rigger - 1956 seems too early for Westridge?

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1 Eyvone Brown. 2 Ann Oakley. 3 George Brewis. 11 George Mitcheson. 12. Wendy Rochester13.Ted Smout 16. ? Patterson (head girl) 17. Linda Matthews.

Photo of the so called 14 Club, see the X1V gold letters on black background on the lapels. Photo taken in 1960.

 

 

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2 hours ago, bluebarby said:

1 Eyvone Brown. 2 Ann Oakley. 3 George Brewis. 11 George Mitcheson. 12. Wendy Rochester13.Ted Smout 16. ? Patterson (head girl) 17. Linda Matthews.

Photo of the so called 14 Club, see the X1V gold letters on black background on the lapels. Photo taken in 1960.

 

 

The photo that's held in the Gallery in the Westridge School album Page 1) has been updated - replacing Fourteen & 1958 with XIV & 1960. The names you have listed confirm the names already added to the photo. Allan Smith posted, on Facebook, the back of her copy of the photo and it had the names written on the back - the Head Girl, No 14, full name is Carol Patterson.

Direct link to the Westridge School album = 

 

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